Emma + Brian’s Star Map Wedding Invitations

These beautiful wedding invitations from designer Emma Mällinen might appear to be a simple black and white design – when in fact they’re so much more! The invitation features silver screen printing on black paper, classic Baskerville text letterpress printed on white paper, blind deboss elements – and a truly stunning star map meets tidal chart design!

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From Emma: Preparing for our wedding in June has been one of the most exciting times of my life. As a graphic designer I have felt like a kid in a candy shop. There are so many things to design or customize, and over the past year I have made everything from favor box labels, to conversation starters, to all of our event signage. I’ve treated myself to all the colorful visual possibilities. Romantic lettering? Check. Bold flowers? Check. Creative language? Check. But when it came time to design our wedding invitations it felt different, like a big responsibility.

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The invitations turned out to reflect us more than we could’ve even dreamed of. Our initial inspiration came from our wedding site on the Cape Cod seaside. It was Brian’s family house, overlooking the sweeping sand flats at low-tide. We loved the way the sky and the sea melded together for a few hours each day, and we thought this an apt metaphor for our own union in the same place.

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We created an image of a vintage star map and a tidal chart meeting – a reference to our evening ceremony overlooking the same view. For the reverse side, we took pieces of this illustration and used them as structural elements, printing them in blind deboss around our classically arranged text. The text design was based on historical treatise frontispieces and was set in Baskerville.

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The wonderful people at Mama’s Sauce did an amazing job with the technically complicated order. The diagram of the vintage star atlas and coastal tide map were screen printed in silver ink on French Paper Poptone 100C Black Licorice. This paper was then duplexed to Crane Lettra 110C Cotton, on which our text was letterpress printed in black with accompanying blind deboss.

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All of these choices reflected our unique relationship: the invitations were spiritual without referring to specific religious symbols; the language was our own colorful style; and the color palette was serious but playful with deboss. We added a purple silk envelope to bring a dash of color and sent off our invitations knowing they would be cherished for a long time to come!

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Thanks Emma!

Design + Envelope Calligraphy: Emma Mällinen 

Printing: Mama’s Sauce

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Photo Credits: Emma Mällinen

Kendra + Patrick’s California Farm Wedding Invitations

I love the illustrations in these California farm wedding invitations from Irene at Sparkvites! With a mint green and gold color palette, Irene incorporated cloud illustrations to evoke the wedding’s outdoor setting and casual hand lettering. So pretty!

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From Irene: This invitation was created for a California country wedding. Kendra and Patrick wanted a hand-illustrated design for their outdoor wedding overlooking the mountains at Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse. Their ceremony and reception are both going to be held outdoors, and they wanted a country farm theme without the farm animals. It was super fun to work with Kendra on this design and dream about visiting their gorgeous venue.

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The invitation is letterpress printed on double thick stock. We chose metallic gold to match the vintage country style, and mint green to match the color of her bridesmaid dresses.

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Thanks Irene!

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Photo Credits: Sparkvites

Angel + Arthur’s Spring Floral Wedding Invitations

I’m a big fan of floral-inspired wedding invitations any time of year, but especially for a spring wedding! These invitations from Amanda at Wide Eyes Paper Co. combine simple line illustrations with a floral watercolor envelope liner. So pretty!

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From Amanda: We created this invitation suite for a couple getting married in Sunny San Diego, California. The bride and groom are both surfers and love the outdoors. They wanted their wedding invitations to reflect their personalities and the location of their wedding in Solana Beach. They wanted something simple, elegant, and nature inspired. I hand illustrated the wreath around their names and mixed in whimsical typography.

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They also wanted their guests to know how to properly get to their wedding venue. I created a custom illustrated map to go alongside this vision which is a fun way to showcase directions versus just writing them out.

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The invitation and map feature letterpress printing to complement the simplicity and elegance of the set.​ Angel and Arthur wanted to stick with the “natural look” so we included a painted floral envelope liner and paired it with our natural kraft envelopes to tie it all together.

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Thanks Amanda!

Design: Wide Eyes Paper Co.

Watercolor Envelope Liner Pattern: Chau Matser

Letterpress Printing: Clove St. Press

Wide Eyes Paper Co. is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of Amanda’s work right here or visit the real invitations gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Let’s Frolic Together

Hannah + Seth’s Illustrated Summer Wedding Invitations

A New York wedding with a bit of Southern charm? Sounds like the perfect combination to me! Created by Kara Anne Paper, this wedding invitation suite features whimsical calligraphy and beautiful illustrations to complement their beautiful outdoor wedding venue – all in the most beautiful shade of powder blue!

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From KaraHannah and Seth wanted an illustrated wedding suite that had a chic, Southern charm feel to it. Hannah loved the idea of mixing whimsical calligraphy, floral illustrations and a traditional serif font. We used a powder blue letterpress ink for her paper suite to match the color of her bridesmaids dresses. The fresh color and lovely silk ribbon was the perfect touch for their outdoor New York summer wedding at Tug Hill Vineyards.

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Thanks Kara!

Design: Kara Anne Paper

Letterpress Printing: Patrick Masterson

Invitation Photos : Colorbox Photographers / Wedding Day Photos: Jessica Eileen Drogosz 

Kearsley + Edward’s New England Quahog Wedding Invitations

Well this is fun! A collaboration between artist Kearsley Lloyd and Albertine Press, these invitations feature a bright and colorful color palette with a regional New England Quahog inspired design – and some beautiful watercolor illustrations to boot. Pretty!

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From KearsleyHaving designed custom wedding monograms and crests for years, I was especially eager to craft an invitation suite for my own wedding. All of my designs begin by hand with an original watercolor and gouache illustration, which I then manipulate digitally. The watercolor painting is preserved for use on stationery and paper goods while the digital version can be converted to any color scheme to feature on embroidery, screen printing, stamping, and other decorative uses for weddings…and well beyond.

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Our save the date was flat printed to preserve the unique appearance of the watercolor, and then invitations were letterpress printed by Albertine Press. It introduced and established the colorful theme and playful impression that carried through the invitation and entire sequence of wedding events.

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Our wedding was to take place at my family’s home on the Rhode Island coast, so we chose to feature the well-recognized Rhode Island Quahog (also known as a cherrystone clam) in our theme. Since my husband and I live in Bermuda, a British colony, the Hog Penny had become a symbol of our new life together and a fun secondary theme. Finally, a little research turned up a handy coincidence: my fiancé’s Celtic family crest indeed featured wild boars! You can imagine what fun we had, once the ‘Qua-Hog’ theme was established!

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I love taking a twist on traditional letterpress printing by infusing it with unusual colors and pattern. Echoing the fish scale pattern of our save the date card, I introduced an intertwined monogram design that served as the central theme of our wedding day décor. The painted edge on the invitation tied the color palette together beautifully. To that, I added a colorful tri-fold schedule of weekend events, as well as custom postage for the outer and RSVP envelopes. The design from the back of the dave the date greeting became the perfect pattern for the envelope liner, and my vibrant watercolor map design was a handy travel guide, included in a welcome bag for out-of-town guests.

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Thanks Kearsley and Abby!

Design: Kearsley Lloyd

Letterpress Printing: Albertine Press

Styling: Abby Capalbo

Calligraphy: Deanna Wiles

Custom Postage: Zazzle.com

Albertine Press is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their fabulous work right here!

Photo Credits: Erin McGinn